Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland
Enter Gdansk from its gateway port of Gdynia and discover one of the oldest, most important and beautiful cities in the Baltic. Gdansk was once the nation's chief trading hub as well as its cultural center. 90% of the city was destroyed during World War II, but its architectural gems have been restored in great detail, reserving its place in history.
Gdansk's Old Town is a superb place to browse for amber jewelry and goods, as this city is one of the amber centers of the world, and petrified tree resin has been revered for both jewelry and as a source of folk remedies for centuries.
The largest feudal castle in Europe, it was built by Teutonic Knights and turned into the King's Palace in the 13th century. Malbork survived all onslaughts until the end of World War II, when nearly half the structure was destroyed. Painstaking reconstruction brought back the awesome citadel of today.
St. Mary's Church
This medieval masterpiece is the largest brick church in the world, capable of seating close to 25,000 worshippers and home to the touching Madonna of Gdansk statue from the 15th century.
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